SPECIAL SEMINAR Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Changjin Huang, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Multiscale mechanobiology: from nanoparticle endocytosis to tissue morphogenesis

Nature has developed the most intelligent design strategies after millions of years of biological evolution. Uncovering its design principles not only allows us to get a better knowledge about the world around us, but also often opens up new avenues for advanced materials and systems. However, challenges lie in, on one hand, the wide spectrum of the length scale of biological systems and, on the other hand, the multidisciplinary nature of the problems. This talk will highlight the role of mechanics in a set of biological processes at various length scales, ranging from cell membrane-nanoparticle interaction at subcellular level to mechanotransduction-medidated endocytosis of nanoparticles at cellular level to differential growth-induced plant morphogenesis at tissue level.


Dr. Changjin Huang is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He received his B.S. degree in Thermal Science and Energy Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China in 2008, and then Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Pennsylvania State University in 2014. Before joining CMU in 2016, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University from 2014-2015. Dr. Huang’s research interests generally lie at the intersection of mechanics, engineering and biology. He is devoted to identifying the underlying physical principles that control biological systems and developing innovative biomimetic systems with the improved understanding.